9/27/2013 10:04 P.M. ET
Royals consider catcher Perez worthy of Gold Glove
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- The Royals are trying to stir up support for catcher Salvador Perez to join left fielder Alex Gordon as an American League Gold Glove Award winner.
"In my opinion he's the best catcher in the American League," manager Ned Yost said. "He blocks balls as well as anybody, he calls a great game, he's a great receiver and he controls the running like very few catchers in baseball can control. He's a top-notch defender. He's the best I've ever seen and he's a joy to be around."
Perez has not had knee problems since undergoing surgery in Spring Training 2012, and there have been no recent recurrences of the concussion that kept him on the disabled list for a week this season.
"He hasn't had any foul balls in a couple weeks. Since he's gotten closer [to the plate], it's protected him. He hasn't gotten any," Yost said.
Perez moved closer to home plate in an effort to reduce the number of foul balls that strike him on the mask.
Gordon won a Gold Glove the past two seasons as the AL's top defensive left fielder. With three games left, Gordon led AL outfielders with 17 assists.
Yost anticipates shortstop Alcides Escobar and first baseman Eric Hosmer will also be strong candidates for a Gold Glove this year.
Veteran Carroll records 1,000th career hit at age 39
CHICAGO -- Jamey Carroll, starting at third base for the Royals, drilled a double in the fourth inning of Friday night's 6-1 win against the White Sox to reach a special milestone: his 1,000th career hit.
The line drive off left-hander Chris Sales was close to being a home run, bouncing high off the left-field wall at U.S. Cellular Field. The hit was turned into the 560th run of Carroll's career by Emilio Bonifacio's single.
"Chicago is good to me," Carroll said. "Last year, on my 10-year anniversary with my whole family here, I hit a home run that day. And I thought it really doesn't get much better than that."
But it did with this one.
Carroll, 39, didn't reach the Majors until he was 28. He spent seven years in the Minors before making his big league debut with Montreal on Sept. 11, 2002. His first hit, a single, came in that game against the Cubs' Alan Benes at Wrigley Field. So his first hit came on the North Side of Chicago, his 1,000th on the South Side.
These days Carroll has a special cheering section in 5-year-old twins Cole and Mackenzie. Son Cole asked him every day about getting the big hit.
"So today he actually told me, 'When you get the hit, will you stop at second?' I said, 'Hey, buddy, maybe I'll do a headfirst slide for you,' and as I was rounding first, I thought, 'My God, there's going to be play,' so it's amazing what you can do when you don't want to let your son down," Carroll said. "So it worked out pretty good."
This is Carroll's 11th season in the Majors.
"I'll you," he said with a smile, "it's only 22 more years until 3,000."
Yost won't talk future, but wants to be back with KC
CHICAGO -- Ned Yost isn't commenting directly on his job status for 2014, but there's no doubt that he'd like to return as the Royals' manager.
"I've got too much invested here. These players are a joy to be around. It's a fun, fun group," he said Friday.
General manager Dayton Moore said two days ago in Seattle he "definitely" wanted Yost back and, because owner David Glass has been quoted as saying it's Moore's call, it appears only the details need to be worked out.
"Continuity is important, and as long as the clubhouse is healthy and it's got life and energy, that's a big part of the job," Yost said.
With the Royals' 84th victory Thursday night, Yost had directed the club to its most victories in the last 20 years.
Yost said he and Moore, who is on this last trip of the season, will discuss the matter after the season ends Sunday.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.